I guess the meaning of "from the inside out" is thoroughly. Is it right?

Here is an example sentence.

That will change you from the inside out

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  • Generally it means "starting from the inside". – Hot Licks Apr 27 '18 at 22:11

When referring to a person, inner can mean the soul or spirit; the body being a shell of lesser importance. So "That will change you from the inside out" means that your future actions will change because you are fundamentally a different person. So, likely some significant religious or personal development that focusses on self-knowledge rather than actions is involved.


That will change you from the inside out

the phrase inside out Oxford

Yes, thoroughly, but in the following context: to change something or someone utterly. To change the inside TFD person (inward character, perceptions, or feelings) so the outside TFD person changes too (On or to the outer or external side). Prior external influences are no more.

As in:

'He would have to tear himself from the inside out to find the truth.' 'In rehab, they changed me from the inside out.'

  • That's not the definition of "from the inside out". – Hot Licks Apr 27 '18 at 22:26
  • Still not giving the definition of "from the inside out". – Hot Licks Apr 27 '18 at 23:18
  • @HotLicks edited again. gave it my best. edit if you desire. – lbf Apr 27 '18 at 23:52

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